Our Friendly Reflection this morning is a well-known phrase from William Penn: “Let us then try what Love will do,” reminding us that we have a choice in the way we think about, understand, and respond to the changing circumstances around us each day. Instead of responding with irritation or upset, boredom or resistance, we can pause […]Read more "Morning Thought: Saturday"
When I was in first grade, I was invited to go fishing with my friend Michelle and her parents. As a city kid growing up in a neighborhood of mostly asphalt and concrete, I was thrilled when my mom said yes and we made our way an hour and a half south to their favorite […]Read more "A Fish of a Different Color"
Who in your life has been a really good role model for you? Maybe it was a parent or grandparent, a friend or teacher, someone who showed you what it meant to be kind, to help others, to live with integrity. Whoever they were—or are—they gave you something that has stayed with you through your […]Read more "The Power of Witness"
Happy Father’s Day! I hope that whether you are a father or you have a father, you enjoy this day set aside to celebrate the ones in our lives who love, help, protect, and provide for us. We honor all who have been loving fatherly examples for us and acknowledge the richness and importance of […]Read more "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms"
Don’t you find it fascinating that all the peonies blossomed on Memorial Day weekend? Not just the peonies in my yard, not just some peonies, but literally all the peony bushes I saw from Shelby to Hancock to Marion to Hamilton counties, bursting out in giant blossoms of pink, white, and red. Doesn’t it make […]Read more "Many and One"
Last Sunday before worship, a group of us were continuing our study of the book of Matthew. And I have to admit, I can’t believe how long it is taking us to get through this one book of the bible. I think we started just after the first of the year—in 2018!—and we have been […]Read more "Life as Parable"
A couple of months ago, early on a Saturday morning, I drove over to Plainfield to attend the executive committee meeting at Western Yearly Meeting. As I got close to town, I began to notice yard signs in front of houses and businesses. As I pulled into the parking lot of Plainfield Friends Meeting, I […]Read more "Just Be Kind"
My days usually start slow and easy. I get up, typically before the sun—that’s easier to do right now than it will be in June—I take the dogs out and make coffee. I purposely leave things soft and quiet for a while. I may light a candle on the kitchen table, but the rest of […]Read more "Heating & Cooling"
What is your best Christmas memory? Does it involve getting a present you really, really wanted, like the Red Ryder BB Gun Ralphie wants so much in the movie, A Christmas Story? Maybe it was something Santa brought that totally surprised you but turned out to be the greatest present ever. Or perhaps it’s a […]Read more "A Child’s Hope"
Do you remember the moment when you first knew you were feeling the presence of God? Maybe it came to you as a sense of hush or a feeling of peace in a Quaker meeting. Perhaps you felt comfort in a difficult time, or a warming of your heart during a conversation or a prayer. […]Read more "Divine Introductions"